Reviews: Henry IV & Henry V, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow

July 30, 2014

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THEATRE   Henry IV and Henry V Both at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow Until August 2   Reviewed by Mark Brown   Shakespeare’s telling, in two parts, of the story of Henry IV is seldom seen on the Scottish stage. It is a bold choice for a notoriously underfunded festival such as Bard in the Botanics. […]

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Review: The Tin Forest, South Rotunda, Glasgow (Daily Telegraph)

July 27, 2014

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Few events in the huge cultural programme that’s running parallel to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been anticipated quite as eagerly as the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Tin Forest. A mini festival in itself, it is presented in the splendid South Rotunda, one of two iconic, circular red brick buildings which (from the […]

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Preview: Small War, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

July 21, 2014

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Natural Born Killers Valentjin Dhaenens high-tech solo show Small War takes us deep into the psychology of human conflict, writes Mark Brown “I’m a bit of a transvestite”, says Valentjin Dhaenens, the Flemish actor and theatre maker whose latest work Small War plays at the Traverse Theatre throughout next month’s Edinburgh Fringe. He is explaining […]

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Feature: Almada Festival, Portugal, 2014

July 21, 2014

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The Portuguese Festival de Almada continues to serve local audiences well By Mark Brown Sunday Herald, Scotland, 13 July 2014 Festival de Almada, which is held every July in the small Portuguese city of Almada and across the River Tagus in the capital, Lisbon, is one of Europe’s unique theatre festivals. Still coming to terms […]

Reviews: The Comedy of Errors & Whisky Kisses (Sunday Herald)

July 21, 2014

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THEATRE REVIEWS The Comedy Of Errors Botanic Gardens, Glasgow Until July 12 Whisky Kisses Pitlochry Festival Theatre Various dates until October 18 Reviewed by Mark Brown For the genteel 21st-century theatregoer it is all-too-easy to forget that, in Shakespeare’s day, the comedy was a raucous, often bawdy, sometimes downright vulgar affair. To his credit, Gordon […]

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Reviews: In My Father’s Words & The Yellow On The Broom (Sunday Herald)

June 30, 2014

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THEATRE   In My Father’s Words Seen at Tron Theatre, Glasgow, run ended;   Touring until July 26 The Yellow On The Broom Pitlochry Festival Theatre Various dates until October 15   Reviewed by Mark Brown   The Culture 2014 programme for the Commonwealth Games has a double responsibility. Firstly, it must, in the spirit […]

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Review: The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know 5 Minute Theatre Show (Daily Telegraph)

June 26, 2014

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THEATRE   THE GREAT YES, NO, DON’T KNOW 5 MINUTE THEATRE SHOW VARIOUS VENUES AND ONLINE   The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know 5 Minute Theatre Show is the National Theatre of Scotland’s latest contribution to the national debate ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum on September 18th. Curated by acclaimed playwright David Greig and dramatist […]

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